Press Release

Alva 'Jeanie' Osborne

July 16, 2003


After waiting more than two weeks to claim the $13.5 million Powerball jackpot from the July 16th drawing, a Shepherdsville woman showed up at lottery headquarters today to receive her winnings. The woman wishes to remain anonymous.

The 44-year old wanted to seek financial and legal advice before claiming her ticket. When asked if winning $13.5 million seemed real, she said, "I thought after having a couple of weeks to think about it that it had set in but now that I'm here to claim my ticket my stomach is churning." She chose to take the cash option which was slightly over $7.5 million. After taxes she received $5,340,727.

The Shepherdsville woman found out she had won because of the persistence of her co-workers, who forced her to leave work early to check her lottery tickets. The co-workers had compared the time the winning ticket was sold against the time she had left work the previous day and found they were only minutes apart. The winning ticket was also sold at the store where she regularly purchases her tickets, Five Star Food Mart on Bluelick Road.

The woman almost missed out on her big win because of a clerk error but in turn this error is what actually provided her with the winning numbers. "I always buy a $3 quick pick but the clerk only printed a $2 ticket. I said that was fine but the clerk insisted I take an additional $1 quick pick. The $1 quick pick turned out to be the winning ticket. That was the best decision I've ever made," the winner told lottery officials.

The Bullitt County resident is employed at Whatever It Takes Transmission Parts in Shepherdsville and does plan to continue to work. "I'm not one to sit at home, besides I enjoy my job and it's a great place to work." At this time, her only plans for her winnings are to invest for the future.


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